Global Learning director travels to Germany on Fulbright seminar grant

Diana Cvitan, director of the Office of Global Learning at Fairleigh Dickinson University, visits the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. (Photos courtesy of Cvitan)

Global Learning director travels to Germany on Fulbright seminar grant

Diana Cvitan, director of the Office of Global Learning at Fairleigh Dickinson University, was awarded a Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar Grant to travel to Germany this October for professional development.

During her trip she had the chance to connect with international higher education counterparts, tour German sites and gain new insights in higher education abroad. Before returning stateside, Cvitan stopped at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, Germany — one of FDU’s partner institutions — to tour the campus.

“Participating in the program offered such a tremendous growth opportunity for me, both professionally and personally,” says Cvitan. “I hope students and faculty will consider applying for Fulbright opportunities, too!”

The seminar consisted of presentations from representatives in German higher education, public policy, research, commercial and non-profit sectors. Site visits were to higher education and cultural institutions in Berlin — including the Technical University of Berlin and Humboldt University — and around Germany — to Frankfurt (Oder), Dusseldorf, Koblenz and more — where the group visited a private institution, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management. 

For the first time, the seminar group traveled across the border to Poland, where they learned about a collaborative program between European University Viadrina in Germany and Collegium Polonicum in Poland. Participants also went to Strasbourg, France, where the U.S. delegates to the German Fulbright group met with delegates to the French Fulbright group for exchange. That visit also afforded time to see Lycee International des Pontonniers, the University of Strasbourg, government offices and several European institutions, including the Council of Europe. 

“The seminar provided deep insights into the changing cultural landscape of Germany and adaptations being made in secondary and tertiary education, as well as the role in and impact of the European Union for Germany and its neighbors,” Cvitan says.

Cvitan (right) stands with Silke Pfaller and Angela Kurz, both of whom work in Zeppelin University’s International Office.

Before heading back home to New Jersey, Cvitan visited Zeppelin University, to make presentations about Fairleigh Dickinson University and meet with colleagues at Zeppelin's International Office, as well as Zeppelin and FDU students studying there.

“I was able to tour the facilities and discuss collaborative projects with senior administrators,” says Cvitan. “The institution showed itself to be a stellar destination for FDU students looking to study abroad.”

Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries, according to the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which helps administer the program.

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